At least it is happening in Spring Training and not in the middle of the season, as was the case last year. Several members of the starting pitching staff and hopefuls are showing injuries, some holding them back from their next start. Jamie Moyer, Drew Pomeranz and Jhoulys Chacin have all felt something not quite right in their bodies, prompting the team to shut them down or take it easy with them over the next few days. Nothing serious, it seems, but enough to be thankful the depth of starters the Rockies amassed over the winter is still mostly in tact.
MOYER, who was scheduled to start today against minor-leagers, was scratched because his left leg was stiff and sore, according to Troy Renck. Thankfully it isn’t his Tommy John arm feeling the pain. The concerning thing is that he has only been able to play catch on flat ground. According to Apodaca, whether or not he will pitch against the Giants on Thursday:
“It all depends when he throws off that slope. It’s possible he could go Thursday or even sooner…We owe it to ourselves and him to get a good look because once he’s gone, he’s gone. He’s not going to the minor leagues.”
Apodaca wouldn’t rule out Moyer moving to a bullpen spot, but said it hasn’t been discussed. There was concern that his elbow wouldn’t do as well under the stress of relief work.
POMERANZ, who has been extremely impressive over his past few outings, came out of his last start a couple of innings early due to tightness in his hip/glute area. His scheduled start this Sunday has been pushed to Wednesday. The team says this wont put him behind schedule. According to Apodaca Pomeranz knows what is needed to fix the issue:
I told him that he showed up to spring training with a different body. That was a result of his commitment. I need that same commitment now to get through this…He knows what the issue is and it’s on him to fix it.
CHACIN, who pitched extremely well last night, came out of the game early due to a blister on his right index finger. Many a fan will cringe at the word “blister” after the same issue happened to Ubaldo last spring, basically the beginning of the end for him until he was traded. They popped the blister after the game last night and treated it with a solution to harden it up. Today Chacin showed no issues related to the blister and is slated to start Tuesday, unless he can’t throw a side session before then.
PUTNAM, who has been out for a week with a tender elbow, pitch in a minor-league game today. He said that this is a usual situation every spring and if he feels well tomorrow he will rejoin team, hoping for one of the two remaining bullpen spots.
While not a pitcher, another key player for the team, CASEY BLAKE, has been dealing with a neck issue since Monday. He took BP yesterday to test his neck and hopes to get back on the field soon.
Several of you have inquired about who has what options left. For those of you unfamiliar with the rules of Options, here is the breakdown from Wikipedia:
If a player is on the 40-man roster but not on the active major league roster, he is said to be on optional assignment—his organization may freely move him between the major league club and the minor league club. The rules for this are as follows. (In all cases, an assignment of a player on a major-league disabled list to the minors while on a rehabilitation assignment does not count as time spent in the minors.)
- Once a player has been placed on a team’s 40-man roster, a team has 3 options on that player.
- A player is considered to have used one of those three options when he spends at least 20 days in the minors in any of those 3 seasons.
- A team may have a fourth option on a player with less than five full seasons of professional experience, provided that both conditions are met below.
- A player has not spent at least 90 days on an active professional roster in a season. Minor leagues that play below Class A Advanced have seasons that are shorter than 90 days, and as such, any player who spends a full season in a rookie or Class A (short-season) league will receive a fourth option year.
- A player has not spent at least 60 days on an active professional roster AND then at least 30 days on a disabled list in a season. Only after 60 days have been spent on an active professional roster does time spent on the disabled list count towards the 90-day threshold. As with the prior example, this cannot occur with players who spend a full season in a rookie or Class A (short season) league.
Once all of the options have been used up on a player, a player is considered “out of options” and a player must be placed on and clear waivers prior to being sent down to the minor leagues.
Here is a list of those vying for a spot on the team and their current “options”:
One of the players that could benefit from being out of options, as the conversation continues, is Chris “Mr. Straight Home Stealer” Nelson. Compared to Herrera, who still has an option left, his being out of options really puts pressure on the team to include him on the opening day roster. Especially with how he is currently playing, coupled with Blake’s neck issue.
JENNY “NEW ALANNA” CAVNAR
The “New Alanna” girl Jenny Cavnar will make her first appearance during the Rockies first Root Sports televised game of Spring Training. This Saturday the game can be seen on Root/MLBtv at 2:00 PM. Cavnar will be doing the sidelines reports during the game.